Reflex Integration Exercise: Spinal Galant l Snow Angel l Bilateral Integration
What is Spinal Galant Reflex?
The Spinal Galant is a primary reflex pattern that is present at birth and integrates around 12 months of age.
The sensory stimuli: stroking the right or left side to the back
The motor response: side flexion to the side the back was stroked
When this reflex is not integrated problems and difficulties in child’s development will arise. Some signs and symptoms of retained Spinal Galant reflexes are as follows:
fidgety and inability to sit still
poor bladder control and/or bed-wetting
lack of motor coordination
dislike and complaint when touched around waistline. Does not like when clothes feels tight by waistband.
bad and ineffective seated posture, maybe slouchy, and looks uncomfortable
may have awkward gate
if reflex is only retained on one side, it may cause scoliosis
Exercises that can help integrate the Spinal Galant reflex, such as the Snow Angel can be used as a supplemental exercise.
Frequency: 5 x/week for about 3-4 weeks.
How to adapt the exercise? You can give physical cues until the child is able to move opposite arms and legs simultaneously and independently.